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Pakistani politician thinks GTA V video is real, praises pilot for averting disaster

By midian182 · 12 replies
Jul 11, 2019
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  1. On July 5, Pakistan’s Awami Tehreek Secretary General, Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, posted a clip from GTA V showing a plane landing and narrowly missing an oil tanker on the runway.

    “Narrow escape of an aircraft which could have ended in a great disaster. Miraculous save by the pilot’s presence of mind,” he wrote in the now-deleted tweet.

    As you might imagine, Gandapur was mocked mercilessly after mistaking the clip—the work of YouTube channel The UiGamer—for a real-life incident.

    Another Twitter account, Physics-astronomy.org, also appeared to fall into the same trap, calling the video a “Terrorist attack in Algeria,” for some reason, which failed because of the “pilot’s immense skill.”

    Gandapur isn’t the first person to mix up video games and real life. Back in 2016, the Russian government tweeted an image from Command and Conquer to warn of extremists in Syria, though it did add a "image used for illustration purposes only” disclaimer. In 2017, however, the country’s MOD said a screengrab of a promotional video for mobile title AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron was “irrefutable evidence” of the US helping ISIS. We’ve also seen CNN use Fallout 4 to illustrate Russian hacking activities, while in 2018, Russian TV tried to pass off an ARMA 3 clip as actual footage of the Syrian war.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,198   +1,625

    The camera shot alone should be enough to realize it is not real. But if your not really paying attention, including to all the other giveaways, then I guess one could mistaken it as real?
    TempleOrion likes this.
  3. Fearghast

    Fearghast TS Addict Posts: 130   +90

    Some people are really that stupid, one day you will have to face this fact :D
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,393   +3,780

    Speechless ..... absolutely speechless .......
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,198   +1,625

    Oh I already know there are a lot of stupid people out there. But I also know that no matter how good we are, we can still make stupid mistakes. Thus, I try to give people that I personally do not know the benefit of the doubt. ;)
    TempleOrion, nostromov and Fearghast like this.
  6. Hexic

    Hexic TS Evangelist Posts: 505   +334

    Politicians and the media... How surprising that they have a mistaken perception of reality.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,720   +808

    This is the reality of most of them. And they are the ones running the world and telling us the news. And all the sheeple just follow along. One of the many reasons this world is going down the crapper.
  8. ckm88

    ckm88 TS Addict Posts: 166   +119

    The guy must have been under the influence of something to think this lol
  9. That Dude There

    That Dude There TS Booster Posts: 133   +35

    It's real...GTA stoled it from tha news
    TempleOrion likes this.
  10. Dustyn

    Dustyn TS Booster Posts: 103   +40

    He's clearly joking... if not... *****.
  11. Jackwoz

    Jackwoz TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +17

    Yeah right, and the camera was on a drone flying right in front of the aircraft...........
  12. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 523   +320

    There are lots of people out there who couldn't differentiate real footage from current advanced computer graphics. Especially those who don't play computer games. It's not stupidity, just not familiar.

    Of course, re-tweeting something that does not concern oneself, or his line of work, is another matter entirely.
  13. fluffydestroyer

    fluffydestroyer TS Booster Posts: 81   +41

    Politicians shouldn't be involved in gaming discussions that goes even in the government since they lack the "necessary" knowledge to have a descent discussion. We've seen this many times with violence with video games as a matter a fact.

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